The EU wants the IT industry to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent as early as 2015 in a bid to tackle climate change.
EU commissioner Viviane Reading said in a video blog that she hoped the industry would "lead the way" in reducing carbon emissions.
Reading also announced in the blog an new online public consultation in all European Union member states to gather ideas and suggestions for a new policy instrument the European Commission could adopt in the autumn to stimulate the use of ICT for enhancing energy efficiency
"I see from the response of European ICT companies to the Commission's ongoing work that Europe is already well ahead in using ICT to green the economy," she said.
Companies and households are increasingly turning to ICT for ways of cutting their emissions. Video and teleconferencing are frequently used as an alternative to travelling to meetings. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is increasingly used to improve the efficiency in product distribution channels.
On the home front, people are starting to use smart metering to optimise energy use.